Walking down the street is one of the most common daily activities for everyone. Every day, millions of people travel the many streets of the United States– many of them on foot. Crossing the street without the necessary precautions can have unfortunate consequences, since pedestrians could be victims of fatal accidents due to drivers’ recklessness. In 2007 alone, more than 4 million pedestrians died: and only 20% of these involved accidents that could have been avoided by the pedestrian. The figures for injured people are even higher.
Determining responsibility for an accident involving a pedestrian can be very difficult. Several factors must be considered; such as whether the pedestrian was paying attention when he or she crossed the street, whether the car ran a red light or a stop sign, and whether the pedestrian crossed a street when the light was green for cars. The most important factor for these cases are witnesses to the accident.
How can pedestrian accidents be prevented? Thinking as a pedestrian, there are several ways to avoid this type of situation and put safety first. Most importantly, the pedestrian should always pay attention to all vehicles. You can’t be sure that just because a traffic light or a sign says “Stop” that drivers will actually stop. You should always make sure you are seen and that the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Always cross at street corners and never jaywalk. In addition, be sure to observe signs and signals for pedestrians.
Drivers can also prevent pedestrian accidents. The first step is to obey all traffic indications at all times. Drivers should also avoid talking on their cell phones, as well as any other distractions. Avoid speeding, pay attention to stop signs and crosswalks, be especially careful at nighttime and early morning, and, most importantly: avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. These measures will help you avoid not only accidents but also potential expenses for you as driver.
By law, all drivers in the United States must have an insurance policy that covers third-party damages and injuries that the vehicle might cause in an accident. Likewise, anyone who witnesses an auto accident is obligated to stay on location to provide information as a witness. When an accident occurs, it is essential for the safety and benefit of the pedestrian to call police immediately to report the incident and to secure the driver’s information.
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